Minnesota Remembers Fallen Officers

Minnesota Remembers Fallen Officers Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - This week marks National Police Week, and Wednesday is Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Cold Spring-Richmond Police Chief Jason Blum says they are taking extra time to remember officer Tommy Decker, who was shot and killed in an ambush in November of 2012.

"He was always very outgoing, hardworking guy, that put a lot of effort into trying to help the community, he always put in the extra mile to try and help people out. He was always the department jokester, always wanted to make people laugh and make the day a little bit lighter."

Blum worked with Decker from 2006 until he was killed.

Officer Christi Hoffman will accompany the Decker family to the memorial where a wreath will be laid for Officer Decker at the Minnesota Fallen Officer's Memorial in St. Paul.

"I think it just reminds the community of some of the sacrifices that people made, a single day observance, I think it just puts it back in the forefront so, that people think about it."

The memorial also bears the name of St. Joseph Police Officer Brian Klinefelter who was shot and killed in January of 1996 by robbers after he pulled them over.

Four other officers have also been killed in the line of duty and should be remembered today.

They include Stearns County Sheriff's Deputy Edwin Arendt who was killed in a traffic accident near Cold Spring in 1987 and Aitkin County Deputy Steven Sandberg who was killed by a suspect he was guarding at St. Cloud Hospital in October of 2015.

In 1934, Detective Fred Nolan was shot and killed in downtown St. Cloud and in 1938, Officer Albert Mathiason was killed in a motorcycle accident with a Ford Model T in St. Cloud.

The City of St. Cloud has a monument dedicated to those police officers outside the department's headquarters.

Residents are asked to leave flowers at the memorial in honor of all fallen officers.

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